The Chinese media is rife with reports of a 25 year old Shanghai woman, Chan Juan (pseudonym), who supposedly gave up her RMB10,000 job, spent RMB100,000 in search of the ideal husband and cycled over 2,000 kilometres from Guangzhou to Shanghai to attend a matchmaking party that was organised just for her. She was promised by the organiser that 1,000 young men would be waiting for her but eventually only two men showed up, one from Shandong and the other from Zhejiang. More than 30 candidates from Shanghai were said to have indicated interest but all chickened out at the last minute.
For those of you bachelors that are interested, Chan Juan’s criteria means that to qualify you have “to be at least 1.73 meters tall, have a monthly income of not less than 15,000 yuan (US$2,192), and must own their own apartments”, ie., no half-pat losers who are still renting or sharing apartments please!
From the video, the event appears to have been hosted at the Westin so despite the really icky and cheap-looking decor it must have cost a bomb. Chan Juan’s website, SeekForLove.com looks really slick though and contains all her biodata, pictures and her criteria for an ideal mate, as well as a diary of her supposed 2,000 kilometre cycling trip. We looked around the diary and found her making stops at other major cities like Hangzhou where similar events were organised for her to meet potential mates, but no pictures that would prove that she did cycle the 2,000 kilometres. This whole thing smells very fishy to us and looks more like a publicity stunt for the Guangzhou-based matchmaking service LookForLove.net.cn that organised the entire exercise. This is the kind of crap you get when you have lousy PR companies cooking up simply unbelievable stories abetted by lazy journalists who will write anything you tell them to in exchange for a big fat envelope for “travel expenses” (车马费). Still makes for a good laugh though.